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would you buy a caravan if you could afford one?

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Blandmum Mon 15-May-06 17:01:45

I used to think that I would, but a. we never had the cash and b dh wouldn't tow it, and I was too much of a wuss.

Now I have been in the tent a few times I'm not sure it would be worth the extra hassle.

If you had the spare dosh would you buy a tin tent?

Socci Mon 15-May-06 17:03:36

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CountessDracula Mon 15-May-06 17:04:00

No I would rather disembowel myself

Blu Mon 15-May-06 17:04:33

No. Storage. Everyone behind you on the road hating you. Need to buy a bigger-engined-gas-guzzling car. Less atmosphere - just cramped.

The only temptation would be the ease of leaving it all packed and ready to go.

I'd rather have a funky vw camper van - which still has some of the problems above!

beckybrastraps Mon 15-May-06 17:04:36


My friend's has a loo, a shower and heating!

They can go off when camping is just a distant dream for us!

iota Mon 15-May-06 17:05:10

I wouldn't buy one because of all the towing hassle, but have lots of happy childhood memories of staying in my aunties caravan.

Blandmum Mon 15-May-06 17:05:27

Socci, To be fair to me, I did post this on the camping topic

I was sort of posting to the campers out there.....but all views welcomed as ever on MN

shazronnie Mon 15-May-06 17:06:04

no, never, would spend the money on shoes

blueteddy Mon 15-May-06 17:07:00

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CountessDracula Mon 15-May-06 17:08:04

I would have a combie though too

Surfermum Mon 15-May-06 17:09:02

Will I be kicked out of the camping clique already if I say yes? Dh hates them almost as much as Jeremy Clarkson, so I don't think it's going to happen, but I'd like to be able to go camping (if you can call it that in a caravan) in the Easter and October hols.

zippitippitoes Mon 15-May-06 17:09:11

I'd like an airstream

Blandmum Mon 15-May-06 17:09:24

I'm planning a tour round Texas in an RV. A BIIIIIIGGGGG RV, costs about $900 for a week. Great fun. Dh says he would drive one of those.

beckybrastraps Mon 15-May-06 17:10:29

There is a caravan called a "Marauder" - makes me giggle.

LucyCampCat Mon 15-May-06 17:11:57

We've got friends who have a 35ft static on Anglesey and they go most weekends, leave work at 4pm (teachers )and are there by 6.30pm with a glass of wine in hand - sometimes if we had the odd 30k I do think that sounds tempting, great rental too, £500 a week in high summer - as for becoming a shed dragger-nope.

Socci Mon 15-May-06 17:18:38

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Blossomhill Mon 15-May-06 17:20:30

Yes I would love one.

So nice to have a second "home" and we had one was I was a kid. It was great fun

niceglasses Mon 15-May-06 17:22:22

We've thought about a static, but god they are really expensive!!! We had lots of caravan hols when we were young (nothing else in fact) and had a fab time. I think on the whole kids love caravans........not sure I could be arsed with a tourer though - all that palaver.

SaintGeorge Mon 15-May-06 17:24:30

Lucky enough to have access to a 40ft static on a fairly regular basis. It really is great to have a 'home from home' only a couple of hours away.

Would never fancy a tourer, alough one of those big US RVs would be nice.

Blandmum Mon 15-May-06 17:24:46

We don't live close enough to anywhere I would want to go to often enough (IYSWIM) for it to be worth having a static.

My brother had one and got lots of use out of it.

We looked into getting a static in France but it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO expensive

ja9 Mon 15-May-06 17:25:49

er, no

deffo, no

would hire a cottage / lodge anytime over a caravan

SaintGeorge Mon 15-May-06 17:27:04

Out of interest, why the no if you are happy to hire a lodge?

Big statics aren't that much different.

geekgrrl Mon 15-May-06 17:27:39

we had one and I hated it. (It was huge, too, but still felt like holidaying in a sardine tin)
Still better than being in a tent imho - at least we had heating and a fridge.
The towing is a hassle, and it does take time to set it up - particularly when there's just one of you and the other one is busy trying to quieten a bunch of hysterical babies/preschoolers. And it's not that cheap to stay on a nice site with a caravan.

Blandmum Mon 15-May-06 17:28:20

The 'Canvas' and 'Keycamp' type caravans are practicaly lodges, when I think about it. have their own loos and showers, separate bedrooms, proper kitchens etc

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